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What Causes Insomnia in Diabetic Nephropathy

2013-12-27 09:16

What Causes Insomnia in Diabetic NephropathyMany people with Diabetic Nephropathy find it difficult to fall asleep. What causes insomnia?

Causes of insomnia in Diabetic Nephropathy

-Toxin building up in the blood

Due to Diabetic Nephropathy, your kidneys can not function well so that wastes and toxins build up in your body. They may stimulate your nerves and cause insomnia.

-Restless legs syndrome

With the progression of Diabetic Nephropathy, you may have iron deficiency, often with anemia. This, with other changes in body chemistry, may cause restless legs syndrome. It is a condition in which your legs feel extremely uncomfortable, especially in the evenings while you are sitting or lying down.


Some of the prescription medications used to treat Diabetic Nephropathy can interfere with sleep.

-Corticosteroids. It is used for anti-inflammation to reduce proteinuria and hematuria in Diabetic Nephropathy. Examples include: prednisone, triamcinolone, methylprednisolone and cortisone.

-Blood pressure reducing medications, such as ACE inhibitors, ARBs, Alpha blockers and beta blockers.

How to treat insomnia?

*Healthy lifestyle

-Exercise daily

-Maintain a regular sleep schedule

-Avoid caffeine at night

-Do not smoke

-Do not go to bed hungry

-Do not over or under sleep

-Do not force sleep


You can take some sleeping pills under your doctor’s instruction. And change the medicine which causes side effects.

Insomnia resolves themselves when the underlying cause is removed. The underlying cause is the kidney impairment. So we should try to improve kidney function and repair the damaged kidneys. Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies are natural with few side effects. They can inhibit the inflammatory response, decrease blood pressure and improve kidney function. What is more, they can improve kidney function.

Insomnia may lead to daytime sleepiness, lethargy and a general feeling of being unwell both mentally and physically, so you should treat it timely.

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